Third Text website has been built with findability, accessibility and usability in mind, so we hope you can find, access and use the information you need. This page explains the accessibility features available on the web site.
Clicking a link below will scroll the page to the relevant section.
Click on a link above to scroll the page to the relevant section.
You can navigate to the sections this site using your keyboard. Available shortcuts are:
Home = 1
About us = 2
Journal = 3
Online = 4
News & events = 5
Contact = 6
Book = 7
To use the access keys, you press the "Alt" key and the number or letter above, then press "Enter". On a Mac you press the "Ctrl" and key and the number or letter. "Ctrl" and "Alt" in Safari.
There are some programs available which allow your computer to talk to you.
Windows Narrator is a basic screen-reading program, offering speech feedback for all menus and dialog boxes, Windows Explorer and Notepad but will not speak out a whole Word documents or web page. There are however, a number of text to speech programs available any selected text to be spoken back to the user.
(Window's Narrator is currently only available for Windows 2000 and XP)
Go to 'System Preferences' and select 'Universal Access'. From here you can turn on the text to speech function.
You can control the size of the text and change fonts if you wish. Here's how...
To display web page text in a different font in Safari:
You could try magnifying the screen if increasing the text size does not make text easy to read.
All recent versions of Windows include magnification software. This allows you to greatly increase text size, but is restricted to a small portion of the screen.
To use Windows magnifier click on the 'Start' menu, then select 'Programs', 'Accessories', 'Magnifier'. The settings dialog box will appear; from here you can adjust the magnification as desired.
Go to 'System Preferences' and click on 'Universal user'. Here you can magnify the screen and have the option to turn on the 'text to speech' function.
You can find free tools to help you create your own stylesheet on the web. By doing this you can specify the text colour, font type and size, background colours etc. to suit you. Once you have created your own stylesheet you can apply it to our website.
Click on the 'Tools' menu, then on 'Internet Options'. This brings up a dialog box. Select 'Accessibility' to bring up another dialog box. From here you can attach your stylesheet by ticking the 'Format documents using my style sheet' checkbox. Click on the 'Browse' button and select the stylesheet you want to use.
Go to 'File', 'Preferences' and select 'Page Style' from the list on the left hand side. From the drop down menu next to 'Default Mode', select 'User Mode' from the list. Click on the 'Choose' button under 'My Stylesheet' to find your stylesheet and attach it.
Go to Firefox > Preferences. Select 'Content' then click on 'Colors'. Choose Text and Background colours. Untick 'Allow pages to choose their own colors instead of my selections above'
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